Remembering Dick Bolles

The photo shows the attendees at a memorial service for Dick Bolles held in St. James Church Picadilly, London recently. The attendees were alumni of Dick Bolles What Color is Your Parachute workshops and friends. 21 years ago I joined Dick Bolles staff in Bend, Oregon, USA as part of his workshop staff. Over the next five years I met over 300 career changers from all over the world.

During the Workshops it took two weeks of concentrated work for participants to discover their own best thinking on career direction and then to learn how to apply it in their future life. Bringing together the elements of personal vision and an inventory of your skills, expertise, results you can achieve and your personal attributes is the basis of a satisfactory career. It is the combination of all of the above plus your own energy and enthusiasm for what you do that is the secret. What you get out of the process is a function of what you put in. There is no magic bullet.

Dick Bolles frequently pointed out that the word enthusiasm came from the Greek “God in us”. Whether you believe in God or not your enthusiasm and the energy that you radiate is what bring you forward.

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